Football Game Notes: Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois
Courtesy: Scott Rex/CMU Athletics
The Matchup: Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois
A CMU Win Over Northern Illinois Would …
… be the Chippewas’ fourth straight win over the Huskies.
… mark the first time since 1976-77 that CMU won in consecutive trips to DeKalb.
… be CMU’s 19th win in its last 23 MAC regular season road games.
• CMU leads the all-time series, 24-20-1, and has won the last three meetings.
• CMU’s three-game winning streak is its longest in the series since winning five straight from 1975-79.
• The Chippewas’ 33-30 overtime win in 2008 was their first win in DeKalb since 1977 and snapped an eight-game losing streak at NIU.
NIU, CMU Lead MAC in Total Yardage
Northern Illinois and Central Michigan rank first and second, respectively, in the MAC in total offense, but the two teams are moving the ball in opposite fashions. NIU, averaging 415.4 yards per game on offense, leads the MAC in rushing at 242.6 yards per game. The Chippewas, second in total offense at 412.6 yards per game, are first in the MAC in passing offense at 292.7 yards per game.
Third Down Denial
• CMU’s defense held Virginia Tech without a third-down conversion in eight attempts on Oct. 9. It was the first time CMU held an opponent without a third-down conversion since 1990, when Bowling Green was 0-for-18 on third down in a 17-0 CMU victory.
• The Chippewas are forcing an average of four three-and-outs per game, a mark that is tied for 13th nationally.
Airing It Out
Ryan Radcliff has thrown 148 passes over the past three games: 52 last weekend against Miami and 48 against both Ball State and Virginia Tech. His 52 attempts last weekend marked the sixth highest single game total in school history, while his 48 attempts against Ball State and Virginia Tech ties for the ninth highest single game total in school history.
Butch Barry Selected Honorary Captain
The CMU football program is hosting former lettermen as honorary captains for each game this season. This week’s honorary captain is current tight ends coach Butch Barry, a three-year letterman (1997, 1999-2000) as an offensive lineman. Barry, who was a graduate assistant at CMU in 2002 and 2003, is in his first season coaching the Chippewas’ tight ends.
Bellore Extends Starting Streak to 48 Games
Senior linebacker Nick Bellore has started every game of his career, a streak of 48 consecutive starts. The NCAA Bowl Subdivision record for consecutive games started is 54 by Hawaii’s John Estes (2006-09). Former CMU offensive lineman Andrew Hartline shares the third longest streak with 52 straight starts from 2005-08.
Bellore Leads Nation in Total Tackles
• Nick Bellore enters Saturday’s game with 431 career tackles, the most of any active player in the Bowl Subdivision. Michigan State’s Greg Jones is second with 419 career stops.
• Bellore enters the game 59 tackles shy of Brian Leigeb’s school record of 490 career tackles.
• Bellore has tallied 10 or more tackles in a game 21 times in his career, including a career-high 16 stops on three different occasions.
Poblah’s Receptions Streak at 31
Senior receiver Kito Poblah has caught at least one pass in 31 consecutive games dating back to the 2008 season. It is tied for the 10th longest active streak in the country. Colorado’s Scotty McKnight has the longest active streak—43 games. CMU’s Bryan Anderson holds the NCAA all-divisions record with a catch in 54 straight games played from 2006-09.
Fifteen Chippewas Make First Career Start
Fifteen Chippewas have made their first career start during the season’s first seven weeks:
• DB Jahleel Addae
• DB Avery Cunningham
• WR Cedric Fraser
• DE Kashawn Fraser
• WR Jerry Harris
• DE Joe Kinville
• FB Tyler Lombardo
• QB Ryan Radcliff
• FB Tyler Reed
• DE Caesar Rodriguez
• LB Alex Smith
• LB Armond Staten
• DE Darryll Stinson
• TE A.J. Westendorp
• DB Lorenzo White
Harris, Fraser Emerge in Receiving Corps
• Sophomore receiver Jerry Harris had the best day of his young career at Virginia Tech on Oct. 9. Harris caught five passes for a career-high 101 yards and two touchdowns, the first two touchdown catches of his career. Prior to CMU’s Oct. 2 game against Ball State, Harris had a total of eight catches for 90 yards in his career; over the past three games, he has caught 16 passes for 179 yards and two scores.
• Junior Cedric Fraser had career highs of five catches for 68 yards last weekend against Miami, including a 26-yard reception on third-and-15 to extend a fourth quarter scoring drive.
Showers Makes Most of Special Teams Opportunity
When sophomore receiver Valtorrey Showers took the field for the opening kickoff last week against Miami, he was appearing in just his fifth career game and had yet to touch the football during a game. Showers returned the opening kickoff 42 yards, then added a 24-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter to set up a CMU scoring drive.
Spreading the Ball Around
Ryan Radcliff has completed 164 passes through six games, and his 23.4 completions per game average is 13th nationally. He is just three completions shy of 10th place on CMU’s single-season completions list. Eight different Chippewas have caught at least 10 passes in 2010.
2010 Schedule Features Six Bowl Teams
CMU’s schedule includes six opponents that played in bowl games following the 2009 season. The Chippewas will play five of those opponents—Temple, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois and Navy—on the road. The only 2009 bowl participant to visit CMU will be Bowling Green.